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Louisville 66, North Carolina State 59

RALEIGH, N.C. - Jazmine Jones scored 19 points, and ninth-ranked Louisville locked down defensively to beat fourth-ranked North Carolina State 66-59 in a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top two teams.

Kylee Shook had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for the Cardinals (22-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who arrived sitting a game back of the Wolfpack and coming off a rare set of consecutive losses. But Louisville handled the pressure of playing in front of a sellout crowd with composure, both in knocking down 48% of its shots, and more importantly, in taking the Wolfpack completely out of rhythm.

N.C. State (22-2, 11-2) entered the night with the program’s highest ranking since January 2000, but the Wolfpack shot just 32%, including 5 of 20 from 3-point range, after entering ranked in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage.

More specifically, the Cardinals used Shook - a 6-foot-4 senior and the ACC’s shot-blocking leader -- to frustrate N.C. State’s Elissa Cunane inside. The 6-5 sophomore came in averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds, but finished with 10 points on 1-for-12 shooting.

Additionally, Louisville made things difficult on Wolfpack point guard Aislinn Konig. The senior came in as the team’s No. 2 scorer (11.1 points) but finished with just four points on 2-for-9 shooting.

N.C. State trailed by 14 in the first half and got as close as three twice in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals landed what turned out to be a finishing blow when Jones knocked down a 3-pointer and Elizabeth Balogun followed with a layup on the next possession.

Shook followed with a layup moments later, capping a seven-point burst that gave Louisville a 60-48 lead with 4:09 left.

Kayla Jones had 17 points to lead N.C. State.

Associated Press


February 13, 2020

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